Selection Process

Application Assessment:

All applications will be assessed for completeness and eligibility. Incomplete applications or applications that are received after the midnight deadline on September 20, 2021 will not be accepted. Applications will be reviewed by a jury made up of FILM 5 alumni and members of the local film community.

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Creative potential of project

  • Originality and quality of the script
  • Innovation and clarity of the Director’s vision
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the material
  • Artistic cohesion of the creative team

The Team’s suitability to the program

  • FILM 5 is an intermediate-level training program. Teams must be at a stage in their development where they can benefit from the training and mentorship offered by the program.
  • Professional development and creative development are cornerstones of FILM 5. Team members must be committed to developing as filmmakers and artists and serious about pursuing a future in filmmaking.
  • Teams must be committed to revising and improving their projects throughout the process.
  • Team members must be committed to building working relationships amongst themselves, with program administrators, mentors and their film crews.

Project Feasibility

  • Capacity for the full creative potential of the script to be realized within the budgetary and time constraints of the program.
  • Scripts should not propose technical needs beyond what is generally available (i.e. aerial or crane shots, complex special effects).
  • As a training film, scripts should limit the use of challenging themes or situations (i.e. stunts, large amounts of extras, extreme violence or excessive nudity).
  • Scripts must be suitable to the short film format. (i.e. not a music video or a trailer for a feature film).

A note about Cultural Representation: If a team’s story is set primarily in a community (racial, ethno-cultural, religious, sexual, ability, class etc.) they are not members of, they must provide a statement explaining their connection to the community, their intention in telling the story, and what steps they have taken, and will take, to address the issue of representation.

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